By Joe Arruda
Gabby Inkel dominated the Twitter poll for the fourth Springfield Student Athlete of the Week award, earning almost 62 percent of the vote.
The field hockey senior had a career game last Saturday, propelling the Pride to a 4-0 win, their fourth of the season. Inkel, primarily a defensive player, scored her first career goal in the matchup against Clark University and added another as well as an assist.
The win was the Pride’s first in conference play, as they sit at 1-5 in the NEWMAC to this point.
Sara Labadorf, women’s volleyball’s setter, earned 20 percent of the vote after tallying 89 assists, 24 digs and five aces in three matches for the Pride throughout the week. Since a four-game losing streak, the women’s volleyball team has won seven straight as of Wednesday.
Labadorf has been nominated twice for The Student’s Athlete of the Week honor.
Rielly Malz represented the women’s tennis team in the poll this week after collecting two wins in the Pride’s match against Nichols last Wednesday. In singles, Malz collected a dominant 6-2, 6-1 win. Malz paired up with Taylor Suozzo for an 8-2 win in their doubles match.
Malz also added two wins to the team’s total last Thursday to help it defeat Division II American International College, 8-1. Malz dominated again in singles (6-0, 6-0) and in doubles with Suozzo (8-1).
Rounding out the women’s nominees is women’s cross country’s Kathryn Bonanno. Bonanno was the Pride’s top finisher on Saturday with a time of 24:24.5 in the 6k at the Connecticut College Invitational.
On the men’s side, Isaiah Cashwell-Doe edged Clayton Knibbs and D’Aunte Moore by a narrow margin in The Student’s Twitter poll. Collecting 35 percent of the vote, the star running back took home the honor after being nominated for the second straight week.
Cashwell-Doe, a senior, tallied 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just five carries in football’s game at Norwich last Saturday. The Pride dominated as a team and collected a 56-7 win, their second in conference play.
Moore, a cornerback, was also nominated for his performance in the Norwich game. The senior secured the ball twice on defense for the Pride, one being a fumble recovery and the other an interception. Both forced turnovers were the firsts of his college career.
Knibbs, men’s soccer’s goalkeeper, tallied five saves in the team’s 1-0 shutout win over Coast Guard last Saturday. That game was the sixth shutout victory for the Pride this year. With just four games remaining on the schedule the Pride hold a 3-2 record in the NEWMAC, and an 8-4 record overall.
Golf senior Corey Roya rounds out the nominees after finishing in a three-way tie on Sunday at the Blazer Invitational with 155 strokes as the team took fourth overall. Roya has been competitive for the Pride since his first year on campus.
Be sure to follow The Student on Twitter @TheSpfldStudent to vote in next week’s polls!